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Reading is the highway to speaking fluently

If you haven't incorporated reading in English into your daily routine yet, it's high time to change that! Reading in a foreign language is not only a way of learning to expand your vocabulary, but it's also an extremely enjoyable way to spend time with the English language.

How to start?

First of all, start by choosing the right reading for you in terms of both level and topic. The idea is that you choose books to read that are very simple to understand, and you then read lots of them. For most learners, this involves using graded readers, that is, books written using the most common English words for people who are not fluent in English yet.

I recommend here such publishing companies as Penguin Readers or Macmillan Readers. And for those who like to keep up to date, I recommend News in Levels.

My recommendation? First, choose a book that you have already read in your native language. That way you shouldn't have much trouble understanding the plot.

Remember that especially at the beginning you will not understand many words and this is completely normal unless you are a linguistic genius. So please don't bother looking up every word in the dictionary. In many cases, you will be able to guess the meaning of the word without having to open your dictionary.

Guide to reading English for improving fluency:

  • you should read things that you enjoy

  • find time to read when you are focused without the risk of being interrupted, this time should be quiet, and you should avoid being distracted

  • read different types of texts, not only books but also magazines, blogs and anything else that interests you

  • try to read aloud or even record yourself to analyse your reading skills

  • try dual-language books that have the original English text on one page and the translation into your language on the other.

Now I am going to say something that you have probably heard a thousand times: the more you read, the more fluent your English will become.

Hope this post was helpful. Until next time... happy learning, everyone!

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